O-WAKIZASHI in KOSHIRAE

HIZEN TADAHIRO

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: HIZEN KUNI FUJIWARA TADAHIRO

DATE:  NONE

NAGASA:  56.7cm (22.3125")

OVERALL:  71.12cm (28")

MIHABA:  2.86cm (1.125")

KASANE:  0.63cm (0.25")

SORI:  1.27cm (0.5")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: TWO

YASURIME: SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA:  KO-ITAME

HAMON: KO-NOTARE BASED ON SUGUHA

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: 1 PC. COPPER

KOSHIRAE

This is an affordable Japanese sword which would be perfect for someone on a budget, yet wants to own a genuine Japanese sword. It would also make a great Iaito blade for someone which prefers a slightly shorter blade and would like to own a genuine Japanese sword for training.  While technically a wakizashi, it is an O-Wakizashi, as it only lacks 1.5"(3.8cm) or 1 sun, 3 bu being a katana.  So, a very long wakizashi which is mounted as a Katana. 

It comes in full Koshirae.

The sword itself does have some scuffs and scratches, as clearly shown in the ample photos.  Guaranteed against fatal flaws ! No flaws which would prohibit future restoration. 

The sword is signed, "Hizen no Kuni Fujiwara Tadahiro".  As far as I know this sword has never been to shinsa.  My personal opinion on the validity of the mei is that there is a high probability it is gimei.  The sword is being priced as gimei and sold "as is".  However, I do not claim to be an expert. With the wide array of legitimate signatures seen within the Tadayoshi school, such as Dai-mei, Dai-Saku-Mei, etc., etc., there exists some reasonable doubt regarding my opinion. I must defer to the experts of the Shinsa panel.  If it did obtain papers to Tadahiro, you would have hit the Jackpot !

*Please note that when photographing blades which are not pristine, the camera picks up on and amplifies the smallest, most minute scratch.  Things which are barely discernable to the naked eye become bold in the photos. While I am not trying to sugar coat the fact that this sword has scratches and scuffs, it does look nicer in hand.

The Koshirae appears to be later work.  It features a black lacquer saya with gold flakes sprinkled along it length.  The tsuka is wrapped in black ito and the fittings,ie; F/K, Menuki all feature a Mino style floral motif of plants and insects.  The tsuba is iron sukashi of Mt. Fuji, clouds and birds.  It has brass inlay in the kozuka, kogai ana.

 

$1600 plus S/H  

 

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